Trenton Clerk faces 4th lawsuit, 2nd for denying records of Bethea’s arrest | New
TRENTON – Deny, deny, deny.
City clerk Matthew Conlon – who has just canned his attorney in a separate lawsuit – faces further allegations he falsely denied access to a New Jersey man seeking files on the arrest of city sanitation worker Paul Bethea.
Scott Madlinger requested arrest information, computer-assisted dispatch reports, police and incident reports, probable cause affidavit or charge documents and use of force reports arising from the Bethea arrested on April 2.
Bethea is accused of having stored a veritable treasure trove of power tools – some of them seemingly hot – in the storage of Pastor Terry Wells’ church.
Cops are required by law to provide certain information about arrests within 24 hours.
Conlon broadly denied Madlinger’s request, citing the ongoing Bethea investigation.
The Trentonian filed a separate lawsuit after Conlon denied the diary’s request for body-worn camera footage of the arrest on the same grounds.
Walter Luers, who represents Madlinger, says in the complaint that the basis for the clerk’s refusal is simply wrong.
This is at least the fourth OPRA lawsuit facing Conlon, the controversial clerk and keeper of the archives, since he started working for the city last summer.
His tenure was filled with turmoil as he went to war with city officials and local media over allegations that he was unfairly targeted.
He filed ethics complaints against city officials, filed a police report against a reporter, and wrote to five law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, to try to get them to investigate the allegations. of “RICO plot” he made against members of Mayor Reed Gusciora’s administration.
He alleged that the administration conspired with The Trentonian to make it look bad – claims it repeated in a $ 3 million tort claim notice.
Most recently, he has drawn attention for firing his lawyer a day before a hearing in a public access action brought by Michael Ranallo.
Ranallo filed a complaint after five OPRA requests went unfulfilled months later.